My father RAM YEDEKAR was one of India’s best Art Directors and location hunters of all times. He was known as “DADA” in the film industry from Hollywood to Bollywood. At his peak he was one of the top five Art Directors of the International Film Industry. He has to his credit over 50 feature films most of which are evergreen super hits and cult classics. I recall when papa used to come from abroad and tell me about the fantasy world in its reality.

Movies he did are all time best and remembered till today…… watch Mera Goan Mera Desh & you will find the real Dacoits…… watch Guide & you wont forget Raju the Guide…… you watch Gandhi & you will be forced back in time and none of us can say the sets weren’t real time in pre Independence India.

 
 

Everybody called him Ram Dada or just Dada – everybody had the right to do so – from the topmost producer from Hollywood to the assistant spot boy in Jaipur. They called him Dada not just out of respect for his brilliance but most importantly for his simple affectionate nature.
Papa left us on 24th July 2000, 12 years have passed since. Till today people talk how caring and approachable he was. He would be busy with the producers and directors the whole day long, the moment the shooting was over he would gather the village children and teach them to draw or educate them. Often he would share a meal with his set workers or crew instead of going to the 5 star meals. Any one who would go with a sad face to him were assured of getting guidance or help.
Born and associated in the film industry till my marriage to Shrikant Desai. Papa had an excellent rapport with my husband Shrikant and my in-laws. Often Papa and Shrikant would be awake whole night talking about the film industry and its workings. Shrikant used to tell Papa that he would get back in this industry some day for sure. We are blessed with a son Darshan who was the apple of his eye. My elder brother Prasan Yedekar is well settled in Mumbai.
My husband and son are getting back into media and films. I am confident Papa will guide and lead them. We have named our media company after Darshan’s name which has plans to move into films. It’s our dream to be back in media & films, we have taken a right step by setting up Darshan Design Pro Pvt Ltd. Those of whom who like yesteryears films are sure to have seen some of the all time best movies done by my Papa. We have compiled a list of the few films of Ram Yedekar.

 

Mugdha Shrikant Desai
Director
Darshan Design Pro Pvt Ltd